The role of Tarot Cards is actually quite important in Visions of Escaflowne. Hitomi uses these cards to help see into people's futures, which occasionally help her and her friends get out of jams. Another role these cards serve is to help symbolize a certain key event of the episode it appears in (i.e. The Tower symbolizes separation, and Hitomi was separated from her world in episode one, which the Tower foreshadows). They each have what appear to be Italian names for each card.
In order of episodical appearance and significanceEdit
referenced from ryen.net/tarot/esca/
- The Ace of Beasts, the Ace of Birds, the Knight of Beasts, and the Ace of Serpents are not part of the Major Arcana. All of the other cards are.
- Judging from the use of beasts and birds, the type of tarot cards used in the anime are based on the Merlin deck, which replaces cups, swords, pentacles and wands with fish, birds, beasts and serpents.